Continuity and Innovation in Russia's Way of War
Russia's ongoing military operations in Ukraine and Syria present an evolving challenge for analysts and observers. The perception of novelty in the Russian approach to achieving military effect sparked a fashion in the West for referring to "hybrid warfare" or a "Gerasimov doctrine" - two concepts unrecognizable in Russia. That trend has now largely passed within the expert community, but debates continue on the roots of Russia's way of war, how sustainable it may be, and where it may be employed next.
Keir Giles will present findings from his recent major report issued through Chatham House, "Russia's 'New' Tools for Confronting the West". He argues that the approaches and capabilities demonstrated by Russia in 2014-16 are best understood not as a radical new invention, but as traditional Russian and Soviet doctrine, enhanced by adoption of new technologies. This continuity gives pointers to how they may develop further, and what limits they may place on Russian ambition.
This event is made possible through the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.